Travellers have lower life expectancy
THE life expectancy for Travellers is poor, with less than 1,000 over the age of 65, the Census reveals.
There are 30,987 Travellers living in Ireland, an increase of 5.1% since 2011. However, just 451 men and 481 women were aged 65 or over last year.
Six in 10 male Travellers only went to primary school, while 80% of them are unemployed.
Pavee Point said the figures showed the continuing inequalities faced by Irish Travellers and insisted that this ‘cannot continue to be ignored’.
The Travellers’ rights group’s director, Martin Collins, said: ‘Travellers are dying six times younger and are poorer educated than the general population. It is no surprise we are living with an 80% unemployment figure.’
Almost 60% of the Traveller community was under 25 years of age, compared with just 33.4% of the general population.
Among Traveller females, just 13.3% were educated to upper-secondary level or above, compared with 69.1% of the general population.
Nearly six in 10 male Travellers (57.2%) were educated to primary level at most, compared with just 13.6% of the general population. However, the number of Travellers with a third-level qualification (167) was almost twice the figure (89) in 2011.
Dublin city and suburbs had the largest number of Irish Travellers (5,089), followed by Galway (1,598) and Cork (1,222). Among towns of 1,500 or more, Tuam had the highest total (737), followed by Longford (730). Navan, Mullingar, Dundalk and Ballinasloe all had 500 or more Irish Travellers.